American political activist (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. He authored Common Sense (1776) and The American Crisis (1776–1783), two of the most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and helped inspire the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era ideals of transnational human rights.
Thomas Paine Quotes
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
I believe in the equality of man and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.
He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.
The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.